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Some of rock’s biggest names have joined together in an auction to benefit famed music producer George Tutko (OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, LITA FORD, PAT BENATAR, JOURNEY, ROD STEWART), who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history, and all proceeds will go to the George Tutko cancer fund to aid with his medical bills.

Up for auction is a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by:

* Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
* Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD, WHITESNAKE, DIO)
* Rick Springfield
* Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE)
* Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS)
* Micky Dolenz (THE MONKEES)
* Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS)
* Albert Lee (legendary blues guitarist)
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Carlos Cavazo (RATT, QUIET RIOT)
* GREAT WHITE (Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie, Scotty Snyder, Terry Ilous)
* QUEENSRŸCHE (Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Parker Lundgren, Todd La Torre)

To bid, please go to this location.

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Drummer Scott Rockenfield talks pressure band faced during “Queensryche” recording.

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Mick of Motorcityblog.net conducted an interview with the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE on August 22 in Saginaw, Michigan. You can now watch the chat below.

QUEENSRŸCHE‘s new, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.

“Frequency Unknown”, the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, opened with around 5,500 units to debut at No. 82.

“Queensrÿche” marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for “Star Wars”, SLIPKNOT and “American Idol”, to name a few.

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Vinny Cecolini of Jam Magazine recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Jam Magazine: Do you at all regret that your disagreement with Geoff Tate spilled out onto the Internet and into the music media worldwide?

Scott: We have always only spoken the truth. We have never avoided any type of engagement on this matter and we’re not here to defend ourselves. I’d rather let the music, this band and our chemistry together do the talking for us. There are fans on the Internet, however, who insert themselves into the rhetoric. For what it’s worth, this would be an interesting reality show if you trolled the Internet to read about our transition. However, it would be time-consuming, and I’d rather write new songs and focus on what I’m good at.

Jam Magazine: When I spoke with Geoff Tate earlier last spring, he said the legal battle involving the band’s names is about the dissolution of a corporation.

Scott: [Silent pause] My answer to all of that is simple. If the case goes all the way ’til the actual [January 2014] court date, the judge is going to look at the facts and he or she will make a ruling. Hopefully, his or her decision will be based upon what is best for the band QUEENSRŸCHE, the brand QUEENSRŸCHE and the corporation QUEENSRŸCHE. It is an entity, and a successful one at that. I hope that come [January], the judge overseeing this case will do what is right for the band as far as who carries on with the name. I’m not a legal guy, so I do not know all of the details. But I have learned a lot from my attorney.

Jam Magazine: You don’t seem stressed about the upcoming ruling?

Scott: If I worried about everything that was going on right now, it would eat me alive. Whatever happens, Todd [La Torre, vocals], Parker [Lundgren, guitar], Michael [Wilton, guitar], Eddie [Jackson, bass] and I going on as a group regardless of the [January] ruling. We will continue on as a unit of five guys that makes records and plays shows. We have something that no one can take away from us — chemistry and friendship. No one can take that away from us.

Jam Magazine: How long did it take La Torre to become comfortable performing as QUEENSRŸCHE‘s singer?

Scott: When we played our first song together during the first RISING WEST show, the four of us knew instantly we were going to be able to do something together. The band felt comfortable on stage and off. We knew that traveling together was not going to be a problem. During the last year, we have gone on multiple tours using a bus. It felt like we were meant to be together. Being on the road was so much fun; we were always looking forward to our next tour rather than dreading it. That had been a case for a while. Now we just count down the days until new shows are booked and we’re back on the road performing another show.

Read the entire interview at Jam Magazine.

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Singer Geoff Tate — who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band QUEENSRŸCHE last year after fronting it for three decades — was granted a continuance until January 27, 2014 in his legal battle with his former bandmates over the rights to the group’s name.

Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE‘s former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band’s name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.

In their August 9 motion to continue the trial date — originally scheduled for November 18 — and amend the case schedule, the Tates requested “a minimum 180-day continuance to provide sufficient time for the parties to continue active settlement negotiations without incurring substantial trial preparation costs and, if such efforts fail, to provide sufficient time to complete discovery and properly prepare for what will be a very lengthy trial.” The Tates added that “80 potential witnesses” have been identified for trial and they estimated that the parties will need to collectively take 20 to 40 depositions. Further complicating the scheduling of depositions is the fact that Tate‘s former bandmates will be traveling for most of September and will be unavailable for depositions.

Said the Tates in their motion, which can be viewed on the The Breakdown Room web site: “There simply is not enough time to properly prepare for trial. Discovery is incomplete. Even if the parties only depose a fraction of the witnesses identified, doing so will take 20 to 30 days. Many of these witnesses are located out of state. The facts that underlie this dispute span nearly 30 years. Trial could take three to four weeks with 20 to 40 witnesses.”

On August 16, Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed an opposition to the Tates‘ motion to continue the trial date and amend the case schedule, claiming that “any challenges [the Tates] face [in preparing for the trial] are 100% the result of their failure to properly prosecute their case and as such should not be able to delay the resolution of this matter to [Tate‘s former bandmates’] detriment or [Tate‘s] advantage.”

“From October 2012 until April 2013 there was nearly no activity in the case,” Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson wrote. “In April 2013, [the Tates] propounded interrogatories and requests for production on [Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson]. Responses were supplied in May. Not until July 31, 2013, did [the Tates] raise any objections to the adequacy of the responses to that discovery, more than two months after said responses were served. Other than two related subpoenas for documents, [the Tates] have engaged in no other discovery.”

Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson also accused Geoff Tate of “continu[ing] to harm the QUEENSRŸCHE brand” since the Tates‘ original lawsuit was filed in June 2012. “The newest self-titled QUEENSRŸCHE CD release by the [Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band] entered the U.S. charts at #23 and continues to get 9-out-of-10-star reviews and is still selling very well on a weekly basis around the globe,” Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson wrote. “In comparison, Geoff Tate released his own QUEENSRŸCHE CD in April of this year titled ‘Frequency Unknown’ and depicted as F.U. on the cover, which entered the charts at #82, received very bad reviews around the world, and has slowed to almost no more weekly sales. [The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE‘s] new CD even outperformed the last two CDs of them with Geoff Tate, selling more in a month than the ‘Dedicated to Chaos’ CD has since its release in 2010, and charting much better than both that album and the previous one, ‘American Soldier’. Thus, the return to the classic sound [Tate‘s former] bandmates have made with the new CD and live shows has been met with overwhelming success.”

They add: “Geoff Tate also chose very poorly in hiring live musicians that have shown that they are not capable of representing the correct performances of the QUEENSRŸCHE music legacy, and he was constantly replacing them. He has been offering his low-quality version of QUEENSRŸCHE to the promoters at a much reduced rate, as low as $10,000 per night, when, in fact, [his former] bandmates have done their best to keep the authorized QUEENSRŸCHE at an average of well over $20,000 per show this entire year. However, this becomes harder and harder with Geoff Tate‘s sub-par band and cut-rate pricing that continues to be damaging to the QUEENSRŸCHE brand and legacy no matter who ultimately wins control after trial.”

In a brand new interview with The Oakland Press, Rockenfield said said that “negotiations are ongoing between Tate and the singer’s former bandmates and “there’s still time for anything to happen between now and [the start of the trial].”

“I think our confidence is pretty high,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of legal stuff you have to deal with, but we just feel good and look at it as a light at the end of the tunnel and keep playing shows and making music. I think when you do that, the right decision will be made in time.”

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Quality video footage of the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE performing the song “Take Hold Of The Flame” on August 2 at Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota can be seen below.

QUEENSRŸCHE‘s latest, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.

“Frequency Unknown”, the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, opened with around 5,500 units to debut at No. 82.

“Queensrÿche” marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for “Star Wars”, SLIPKNOT and “American Idol”, to name a few.



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An official video clip of the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE performing the song “Queen Of The Reich” on the 2013 Monsters Of Rock cruise on March 18 can be seen below. The audio for the clip, which was filmed and edited by Dave “Ravage” Stabley and Chris Golden, is taken from the deluxe version of the band’s latest, self-titled album.

“Queensrÿche” sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.

“Frequency Unknown”, the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, opened with around 5,500 units to debut at No. 82.

“Queensrÿche” marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for “Star Wars”, SLIPKNOT and “American Idol”, to name a few.

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Dan Sherrill of SleazeRoxx.com conducted an interview with the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE on July 13 at McHenry, Illinois’ Fiesta Days. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

QUEENSRŸCHE‘s new, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.

“Frequency Unknown”, the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, opened with around 5,500 units to debut at No. 82.

“Queensrÿche” marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for “Star Wars”, SLIPKNOT and “American Idol”, to name a few.

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QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton was interviewed on this past Friday’s (August 9) edition of “Oscar’s Guitar Shop”. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

QUEENSRŸCHE‘s new, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.

“Frequency Unknown”, the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, opened with around 5,500 units to debut at No. 82.

“Queensrÿche” marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for “Star Wars”, SLIPKNOT and “American Idol”, to name a few.

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Full Throttle Rock recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield.

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